For sale: Colonial tie, unworn, owned by Chris Patten - make an offer while it is still hot. Less than a month after the last Governor sailed away, the royal blue tie he auctioned off for charity two years ago is being sold by the policeman who bought it. Mark Newman said he had no qualms about selling the tie or the thank you letter Mr Patten gave him for contributing to a charity. The tie and letter come as a package, said Mr Newman, a Police Tactical Unit Chief Inspector. 'As he said himself, 'After July 1 - everybody pays'.' Mr Newman paid $9,888 for the tie, which featured peacock feathers and a colonial pith helmet design, at an auction raising money for Raleigh International. The charity provides young people with opportunities to undertake environmental and community projects. Mr Newman said he had read a South China Morning Post article which cited Mr Patten's signature as being worth $17,900. 'I thought I'd test the water,' he said. 'I think this style of tie will only have been worn by Lord Wilson, Lord MacLehose, and Chris Patten.' Anyone interested can fax Mr Newman at 2882 3021.